The Digital Public Library of America recently published a new version of its Metadata Application Profile (v. 5.0 available at https://dp.la/info/developers/map/). The IMDPLA Metadata Committee has reviewed these changes against our mapping guidelines and there are no changes needed to our mapping guidelines at this time. In light of this review and IMDPLA’s move to regularly scheduled ingests, we would like to take this opportunity to offer a couple of reminders regarding the Type field and the Rights Statement field as used by DPLA.
The Type field, as defined by DPLA, is strongly recommended and used to describe the nature of the described resource. This may sound vague initially but there is a controlled vocabulary that DPLA wants from this field: the DCMI Type Vocabulary: http://dublincore.org/documents/dcmi-type-vocabulary/#section-7-dcmi-type-vocabulary
Those 12 terms are the main “types” that DPLA will use as a Type facet on their site so sending along one of those values in that field for each item helps that processing immensely. IMDPLA’s mapping guidelines for CONTENTdm users recommend mapping this Type to dc:type and non-CONTENTdm users can use the Type field in the IMDPLA Metadata Mapping Tool to map this content appropriately for sending to DPLA.
The other field with similar requirements is the Rights Statement field. DPLA is trying to make rights easier to understand by asking us to use one of the 12 standardized statement URIs from http://rightsstatements.org to organize and simplify the rights defined for each the millions of items they share. IMDPLA’s mapping guidelines for CONTENTdm users recommend mapping the Rights Statement to dc:rights and non-CONTENTdm users can use the Standardized Rights Statement field in the IMDPLA Metadata Mapping Tool to map this content appropriately for sending to DPLA.
The IMDPLA Metadata Committee has provided a Metadata Guide and is available to help you with your questions! If either of these fields are confusing to you or you would like help in working out how to map your collections to share through IMDPLA to DPLA, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.